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Hi, I'm Hank Rowlinson

Hank and his Family


Born in the Historic Métis community of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Hank and his wife Loma reside in Sudbury.  He is the proud father of 8 children (ages 16-36) and 7 grandchildren.  Hank and Loma have also had 11 foster children.


Hank has been a dedicated full time employee of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) for 21 years.  Here is a quick overview of some of his notable positions:

Present:  Chair of the Métis Nation of Ontario  

2009-2020:  MNO Manager of Community Relations


2008:  MNO Manager of Lands, Resources & Consultation


2005-09:  Elected National Co-President of the Aboriginal Peoples Commission of Canada


2005:  Conflict Resolution, CICR


2001-04:  Elected President of the Aboriginal Peoples Commission of Ontario


1999:  MNO Senior Policy Analyst

1994:  Labour Law

1990-99:  CUPE President, Education Sector, Sault Ste. Marie



Family Photo

Family Photo

Hank with his wife and their children.





Alexander "AJ"

Alexander "AJ"





A new look.

Caitlind 'KT'

Caitlind 'KT'



with his youngest Ella




Integrity at the Executive Table

Leadership:  ​Provide leadership, accountability and transparency.​

Respect:  No new major policy or legislation without the consent of the people.


Advocate:  Will bring a strong voice for Métis citizens to the MNO Executive table.


Collaboration:  Will work with the people and the executive to strive for consensus.


​Communications:  Be proactive instead of reactive. 


Accountability:  All PCMNO motions and resolutions will be brought to the citizens at the next AGA for approval.


Transparency:  Provide a briefing note to community councils after every PCMNO meeting in a timely manner.

Fighting For What's Right

Inclusion:  It is critical that all citizens are plugged into the discussions and dialogue moving forward.

Self-Determination:  We must have a Citizenship Community Acceptance Process that engages citizens to contribute and provide input into self-determination and what community acceptance will look like.


Referendum:  Ensure that the referendum mandated within the Self-Government agreement is carried out prior to signing.


Self-Governance:  Actively participate in the development of a Metis Constitution ensuring input from grassroots citizens and extensive consultation, on our timetable.


Métis Historical Research:  Complete the research in Nipissing/French River and identify funding for research across the province including Windsor and Peterborough to the Ottawa Valley.


Mobility Rights:  Priorities and processes to be developed and put in place - get out of the grips of the MNR.


Land Claims:  Treaty 3, Penetanguishene, and Robinson Superior.   Let's get moving!


Rights:  Will continue to advocate and fight for Métis rights.

Making the MNO Relevant

Captains of the Hunt:  Develop a selection Process with input from harvesters.

Intergovernmental Relations:  Will continue to maintain and develop relationships with First Nations, Federal and Provincial Governments.


Culture:  Reinvigorate the Métis Nation of Ontario Cultural Commission and provide assistance to councils with cultural activities and celebrations.


Mental Wellness:  Look to better support our Mental Health program.  Training and hiring or contracting certified Métis Mental Health and Addictions professionals.


Seniors:  Initiate and develop a Métis Seniors Strategy and Support Network

Veterans:  Provide administrative and Mental Health supports.  Have a PMCNO member work closely with our Veterans to identify and address their unique needs.

University:  Secure post-secondary University funding to meet the needs of our citizens.


Education:  MNO citizens to have priority consideration for education funding over self-identified applicants.  Self-identified Metis must show proof of Indigenous ancestry.

Women & Youth:  Designated staff support to coordinate outreach, meetings, events, and concerns and providing regular briefing notes to the PCMNO. 


Staffing:  A review and analysis of MNO staffing and create a positive environment for staff retention.

Communications:  Develop a vibrant communications strategy to improve citizen outreach.  Provide communications support and mentoring to our Women, Youth, Veterans and Community Councils.  Look to options for citizens to have their voices heard if they cannot attend the Annual General Assembly in person.

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